Happy 70th Birthday Legal Aid

BSB Partner Jonathan Black writes about why we should be celebrating the 70th anniversary of legal aid  

Team BSB raising funds for The London Legal Support Trust

The team at BSB are again looking forward to joining hundreds of other teams in participating  the London Legal Walk on 17th June, in aid of the London Legal Support Trust which every year raises hundreds of thousands of pounds for legal advice charities. We would encourage all of our friends, clients and suppliers to sponsor us … Continued

Mental Health and Criminal Law

Mental Health is a complicated business. Conditions are not easy to diagnose, doctors can disagree on which disorder a person is suffering from, or even if they have a mental health condition at all. Those with mental disorders might have a host of specific needs in court on top of those of the typical defendant. … Continued

GPS Electronic Monitoring, Big Brother Will be Watching

The government has announced a national rollout of GPS electronic tagging which will mean 24/7 location monitoring of those wearing the tag. The tag is now available in three Probation areas; the North West, Midlands and North East. Location monitoring will go live in the South East, South West and Wales by April 2019. There … Continued

Partner Jonathan Black appears on BBC TV to discuss the Criminal Justice IT meltdown

BSB Solicitors Partner Jonathan Black was invited onto BBC2’s Victoria Derbyshire to discuss the impact of the IT failure within the criminal justice system that caused disruption across the country.  Appearing at 45mins 35 seconds in he told the program that this should not be happening in light of the massive investment by the government and was … Continued

Government Unveils New Domestic Abuse Legislation

On Monday the government unveiled its new strategy to tackle domestic abuse. This follows a consultation exercise carried out last year which drew over 3,000 responses. The new measures are: Introducing the first ever statutory government definition of domestic abuse, which will include economic abuse Establishing the office of the Domestic Abuse Commissioner and setting … Continued

End of The Road for Short Prison Sentences?

The big news story of the weekend was the surprising news that the Prisons Minister is considering whether to abolish the power to impose short prison sentences, those of 6 months or less. Arguing for the need for reform, Mr Stewart told the Daily Telegraph Magazine: “You bring somebody in for three or four weeks, … Continued

A Simple Adjournment?

  In criminal practice and procedure, you might think that the humble adjournment is a relatively simple and straightforward matter, but you would be wrong. A little like buses, never available when you want one, yet, when you don’t want a case delayed the court always appear happy to work against you. But in reality, … Continued

Extraditon to UAE halted

A Judge ruled against the extradition of BSB solicitors client to UAE on the basis that there was a real risk of human rights abuses . Westminster Magistrates’ Court accepted arguments submitted by counsel Ben Cooper  that Mr Halliday was unlikely to face a fair trial and was at risk of torture on the basis of nationality and sexuality. … Continued

Proposals to pre record cross examination of rape complainants

Hannah Wilson reports on the debate over the proposals to video record cross examination of complainant’s evidence. http://thejusticegap.com/2017/03/rape-victims-spared-ordeal-giving-evidence-court/ Related Services: Sexual Offences Solicitors

What’s The Damage?

Law on Criminal Damage Essentially, the crime is made out if you intentionally or recklessly damage property. Most commonly it is damage to cars and windows, very often as an act of revenge. The damage does not need to be permanent. There have been cases where graffiti, water-soluble paints on a pavement and squashing a … Continued